On Friday May 15 2013 the Internet Society’s New York Chapter webcast the NYC BigApps + Huge App Design Night at Foursquare‘s offices in NYC. Contestants have until June 7 2103 to submit their apps to potentially win up to $50,000 in prizes. At this event, after an introduction from the NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), some of the City’s top digital talent – including reps from Etsy, Huge, Fifty Three, New York Times, Digg, and Foursquare itself – gave helpful design insights to the assembled hopefuls. Livestream archive is here or below.
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BetaNYC is the latest incarnation of the ever-evolving NYC Open Government working group formerly known as Open NY Forum, whose original policy concepts have successfully been adopted and launched by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The group is now sponsored by, and incorporated as a local ‘brigade’ of, the Code for America organization (CfA) – a national effort partly funded by the same Kauffman Foundation that supports HackNY. CfA funds a full-time director (Noel Hidalgo) for BetaNYC, which organizes monthly #BetaTalk presentations, weekly #CivicHackNights, and occasional #GovGeek socials. CfA itself presents further opportunities – it has an accelerator program for civic startups, also awards fellowships, and funds worthy local projects. At this meetup there was comprehensive introduction to CfA and its activities, including fellow Ezra Spiers presenting on a NYC Project to improve the city’s Criminal Justice system. CfA volunteer Veronica Ludwig talked about the NYC BigApps challenge, in which #BetaNYC actively participates. Video is below.
- View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/d7THnvoCLNk
- Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/AiqF3ZHIHGjN/
00:09 Introduction – Noel Hidalgo
02:11 Open Plans – Frank Hibbert
03:17 BetaNYC – Noel Hidalgo
10:40 Code for America – Alex Tran
27:35 CfA Fellowship & NYC Criminal Justice Project – Ezra Spier
43:59 BetaNYC #CivicHackNights – Ashley Williams
55:37 NYC BigApps – Veronica Ludwig
- Join BetaNYC: http://www.meetup.com/betanyc/